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Referendums and Constitutional Decision‐Making

Stephen Tierney

in Constitutional Referendums

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780199592791
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191741067 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199592791.003.0009

Series: Oxford Constitutional Theory

Referendums and Constitutional Decision‐Making

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This chapter is concerned with the end of the macro stage — the referendum vote itself and its aftermath. The build-up to the referendum may engage the public, citizens may be involved in helping to set the issue and even the question to be asked, educational material may be distributed to try to encourage macro-level deliberation, fair campaign funding and expenditure rules may be in place, but in the end a final decision must be taken by way of a vote. It is therefore important to address the different ways in which constitutional rules can shape this final stage of the process, assessing these for their democratic credentials, particularly in light of the three democratic objections to referendums that have been used throughout.

Keywords: referendum vote; decision making; constitutional rules; macro-level deliberation

Chapter.  11645 words. 

Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law

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